But Guice, who is vying with Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley for a starting job, said it’s a friendly competition.
“We are all just out there having fun,” the former LSU star said. “We are all there for each other. We are all uplifting each other. We don’t really see it as competition. We are just out there making sure everybody knows what’s going on, everybody knows what they’re supposed to be doing.”
Guice said his acclimation to the organization was a fairly simple process.
“It’s all about adjusting. Football is a game of adjusting,” he said. “You are going to play in different climates, and you are going to be around different people — people getting cut, people getting traded. You just got to figure out who guys are and figure out how to act around them. Some guys take everything serious all the time, and some guys you can play around with. . . . Always have to know your audience.”
Thompson, who is going into his sixth NFL season, and Kelley, who is entering his third, are two players Guice has gotten to know well.
In fact, Guice tells Thompson, who is back after recovering from a fractured right fibula, not to fake it if he’s not feeling well because, Guice said, “I can tell if he’s hurting. I can tell by his face.”
With each player participating in different drills at different times during camp, Guice says it’s hard to know where everyone stands and what roles each player will take once the regular season begins. Instead of focusing on that, Guice is working on his own game.
“I’m actually picking things up quicker than I thought I would,” the rookie said. “I’m actually out there going full speed like the other guys. I’m not just going though the motions. The speed of the game changes, but if you know what’s going on, it actually slows itself down. It’s just fast when you don’t know what’s going on.”
Harris making plays
Third-year wide receiver Maurice Harris has a history with the Redskins. He was promoted from the practice squad halfway though the 2016 season but then returned to the squad after not making last season’s 53-man roster out of training camp.
This year, he is trying to rewrite history. And so far, he is doing a pretty good job of getting noticed in training camp, making several impressive plays since practices began.
“For me, it’s about just having a clear mind and not worrying so much,” Harris said about his approach. “Take control of what I can control, you know, like my effort. Play hard every day. And then have some fun.”
Harris knows there are things he must improve upon, in particular correcting mental mistakes. He also needs to stay healthy, although he understands that is outside his control.
Harris is in competition with Robert Davis, Brian Quick and Trey Quinn for a roster spot.
“We do try and help each other,” Harris said. “But it is weird because you are on one team with one goal, but at the same time you are fighting for a position. But we make the best out of it. We grind and compete every single day.”
While linebacker Ryan Anderson returned to the field Tuesday after missing Sunday’s training camp session with back spasms, three players were missing from the practice field.
Tight end Jordan Reed and offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe sat out on a scheduled rest day as they are eased back into the swing of the game. Reed, who is returning from two toe surgeries, participated in drills Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Monday’s day off. Nsekhe suffered a groin injury in a Sept. 24 game against the Oakland Raiders last season.
Linebacker Mason Foster missed Tuesday’s practice with a stained stomach muscle after he went down during Sunday’s session. Quick also returned from a thigh contusion.
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